Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - Heather Roan-Rob­bins

With Venus and Mars in Scor­pio, we feel myr­iad de­sires wran­gling be­low the sur­face, stir­ring our emo­tions, and nudg­ing our un­con­scious into ac­tion. On the sur­face, our mind and words can bring calm and pur­pose with thought­ful Mer­cury in open-minded, egal­i­tar­ian Li­bra con­junct­ing the sun and se­ri­ous Saturn. This Mer­cury wants us to be a grown-up and do our work but not to rock the boat. It can also de­press us if we ob­sess on ob­sta­cles or the work needed to achieve our goals.

Fair is fair with the sun, Mer­cury, and Saturn run­ning to­gether in Li­bra. If some­thing doesn’t feel right or eq­ui­table, whether at home or in the world, we growl. But what’s truly fair — about race, gen­der, cul­ture, or across the din­ing ta­ble — may be a real point of con­tention. We as­sume that be­cause our per­spec­tive is true, theirs must be wrong. If we drop that as­sump­tion and hear the other per­spec­tive with­out re­sent­ment, we may find a so­lu­tion.

We mean to co­op­er­ate and talk about co­op­er­a­tion, but then we may do what we wanted any­way. Mars semi-squares Pluto and this can sharpen a pas­sive-ag­gres­sive edge. At­ten­tion can wan­der from our daily work to some­thing more rel­e­vant, an ob­ses­sion. Un­der­cur­rents of old re­sent­ments or dan­ger swirl be­neath the sur­face and need to be dealt with di­plo­mat­i­cally.

To use the best of this lineup, we should work on some­thing we find beau­ti­ful or fair, some­thing that attacks in­equities and ug­li­ness or brings or­der to a dis­or­derly sit­u­a­tion.

Fri­day, Oct. 8: Tough and se­ri­ous de­ci­sions need to be made with good judg­ment as Mer­cury con­juncts Saturn in Li­bra. We may feel old or need to talk about some­thing stuck in our craw. Work needs us to knuckle down and per­sist to reach a goal. The evening grows musky as the moon en­ters Scor­pio.

Satur­day, Oct. 9: Wake oth­ers’ cu­rios­ity, or leave them alone. We don’t want light so­cial games but will be heard more if we’re kind as well as hon­est. Ev­ery­one needs time alone un­der this Scor­pio moon. Imag­i­na­tion is rich but fo­cuses on woes and not joys un­less we di­rect it care­fully. Check for wa­ter dam­age.

Sun­day, Oct. 10: Don’t count on luck. Laugh at out­ra­geous for­tune, keep the agenda loose, and make the best of the moment. Help a friend in need. Don’t try to fix things un­less the im­per­a­tive is clear; just hold the space for them.

Mon­day, Oct. 11: We want to un­cover some­thing hid­den and bro­ken and ex­cise what needs to be re­moved, even if is just a mis­con­cep­tion, as Mars semi-squares Pluto. Keep surgery spe­cific and kind, and the work can be trans­form­ing. Af­ter­noon light­ens, laugh­ter heals, and we are im­pa­tient with re­straints.

Tues­day, Oct. 12: If life feels like im­prov, play un­der this rest­less Sagit­tar­ius moon as Venus chal­lenges Uranus. Peo­ple want a break from heav­i­ness and are cu­ri­ous about what’s of­fered if it doesn’t feel like ma­nip­u­la­tion. Get chil­dren, an­i­mals, and grumpy moods out­side and mov­ing. A philo­soph­i­cal mood helps tonight.

Wed­nes­day, Oct. 13: Nail down specifics; put im­por­tant pieces in mo­tion. Peo­ple may not feel in­ti­mate, but co­zi­ness re­turns later if we prove trust­wor­thy and com­pe­tent as the Capri­corn moon con­juncts Pluto and then sex-tiles Venus.

Thurs­day, Oct. 14: Feel­ings are mixed; it helps to do some­thing log­i­cal and se­quen­tial or do prac­ti­cal chores for which de­ci­sions aren’t needed. Per­son­al­i­ties tug for con­trol and can get nasty if they feel trapped; be re­spon­si­ble for your­self and trust oth­ers to do their end of the job.

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